THE revived PF Zapu has deferred its national congress to elect the party’s substantive leadership from next month to May after encountering logistical problems.
Effort Nkomo, the party’s spokesperson, told the Zimbabwe Independent that the national executive met a fortnight ago and resolved to move the congress to May.
“The congress will be held at the beginning of May,” Nkomo said. “We postponed it to sort out logistical issues. We want more people to attend given that this will be our first congress in 22 years.”
Former PF Zapu, then led by the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo, united with Zanu PF in December 1987. The unity accord, according to analysts, resulted in the swallowing of PF Zapu by Zanu PF.
Last year, disgruntled former PF Zapu leaders said they had revived the party and selected former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa as interim chairperson.
Dabengwa is tipped to be elected the president of the party at the congress.
The revival of the party has caused rifts within Zanu PF and has seen almost the entire Bulawayo provincial executive quitting the party to join PF Zapu. Â
Nkomo said the congress would conduct elections for national positions.
“There are no indications yet on who will contest which position, but that will be clear when the national executive meets at the end of the month to make final touches to the preparations of the congress,” Nkomo said.
Former PF Zapu stalwarts pulled out of the Unity Accord with Zanu PF last December saying the President Robert Mugabe-led party had failed to honour its part of the deal. They accused Zanu PF of underdeveloping the Matabeleland region. – Staff Writer.